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Professor Louis Phee, Acting Dean, College of Engineering at NTU Singapore (L) and Faculty of Engineering and IT Interim Dean Professor Kim Rasmussen, University of Sydney (R)/ Credit: University of Sydney

Professor Louis Phee, Acting Dean, College of Engineering at NTU Singapore (L) and Faculty of Engineering and IT Interim Dean Professor Kim Rasmussen, University of Sydney (R)/ Credit: University of Sydney

University of Sydney and NTU Singapore enter into partnership for engineering research

The University of Sydney’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore College of Engineering have entered into a faculty-to-faculty partnership to explore new research opportunities.

Engineers from the two institutions are collaborating on research in diverse areas ranging from artificial intelligence (AI) and food technology to clean energy and waste management.

A potential project for collaboration is the development of an autonomous wall-climbing robot that is capable of welding large engineering structures, and that can conduct inspections and clean the surfaces of large engineering structures.

The University of Sydney and NTU also aim to build on their existing research collaboration in food technologies, including fermentation technology and intelligent packaging.

The partners also plan to explore collaboration opportunities in the following areas:  

  • Chemical     engineering, with a focus on materials
  • Civil     engineering, with a focus on materials, concrete and steel
  • Cloud     computing, ‘Internet of Things’ and data science
  • Membrane     technology
  • Photonics     and telecommunications and networks
  • Transport engineering
  • Space     engineering
  • Robotics

In the long term, the partners also plan to explore other collaborative pursuits which may include inter-country visits, guest lectures and workshops for students, and opportunities for PhD students from both institutions to work on joint projects.

Faculty of Engineering and IT Interim Dean Professor Kim Rasmussen and engineering researchers from Sydney visited NTU last week to discuss collaborative research opportunities.

Professor Rasmussen said, “This is the Faculty of Engineering and IT’s first strategic partnership with a Singaporean institution and we are delighted to be joining forces with one of the world’s largest and best-known engineering colleges.”

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence welcomed the new partnership, saying, “Higher education is inherently global, and universities contribute through networks and partnerships with collaborators and colleagues around the world. This new partnership will help our engineering researchers make a difference, locally and globally.”

The University of Sydney is ranked first in Australia for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering, according to the 2018 QS Subject Rankings.

NTU Singapore is well known for its strengths in engineering, and was placed fifth in the world for engineering and technology in the 2018 QS Subject Rankings. NTU is a top university for AI research in global rankings compiled jointly by Nikkei and Elsevier, based on measurement of research citations between 2012 and 2016. 

Cutting-edge technologies, which include AI-based solutions jointly developed with top industry partners such as Singtel, Paypal, and Chinese technology giant, Alibaba Group, are being test-bedded in the NTU Smart Campus.

Professor Louis Phee, Acting Dean, College of Engineering at NTU Singapore, said, “With two-thirds of the world’s population expected to be living in cities by 2045, this collaboration aims to develop sustainable technologies that will shape smart cities of the future.”

“The University of Sydney is known for its research in areas such as civil and structural engineering. Together with NTU, which is globally recognised for its strengths in engineering and AI, this partnership will also open new doors in translational research and set sail into new frontiers of technological innovation. These and other cutting-edge technologies will be developed on NTU’s lush 200-hectare Smart Campus, a hotbed for tech-enabled solutions aimed at enriching and improving the way people live and work,” he added. 

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